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FLYNT at the Night & Day Café [Live Review]

Cumbrian indie pop quartet FLYNT brought the funk to Manchester’s Night & Day Café, with their rhythmic basslines and fierce melodic hooks.


FLYNT’s fresh pop sound has already made its mark across Cumbria and the UK. They have achieved nationwide recognition from BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival. After playing Manchester’s Soup Kitchen and The Deaf Institute last year, FLYNT were eager to return to the city and accomplish themselves further in the Mancunion music scene.


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Frontwoman Emma Dockeray, vocalist and guitarist Brad Kavanagh, bassist Calvin Thornborrow and drummer Steven Norman took to the stage after 8pm. They kicked things off with ‘Another Guy’. The track was full of rhythm, melodic guitars and soulful vocals. It quickly became clear that FLYNT are a band who live for the live experience. They swiftly jumped into the second song of their set ‘Anyway’. The breakdown about a minute into the track was superb to hear live, each member had a crucial part to play in the sound, and they executed it with skill and proficiency.


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Then came ‘Sweet Nothing’. This is the moment in the set where Dockeray’s vocals and confidence as a frontwoman truly came out to shine. Her high notes were impeccable and full of soul. The band continued to groove into ‘I Need a Minute’ which for me was the highlight of their set. It had a funk sensibility and showed their ability to mix soul, pop and indie to create something with real attitude. FLYNT then slowed it down with a heartfelt performance of ‘Stop’. The duet between Kavanagh and Dockeray was full of beautiful harmonies and revealed the band’s softer side.


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They rounded off their set with an energised performance of ‘Honey’ and finished with their most popular single ‘Julia’. The final performance had the crowd singing along and left everyone with a feeling of pop induced happiness.

FLYNT are a very accomplished group of musicians. The talent within this band is undeniable. The skill of their live instrumentation, harmonies, tight arrangements and overall musicality highlights their potential for longstanding success.

So, what’s next for FLYNT? They are continuing to showcase their live talent and are playing a selection of local and national festivals over the summer. It’s also worth noting that FLYNT are currently releasing a group of live music videos entitled ‘The Committee Sessions’. If you want to get a taste for what this band can do live, check out ‘Anyway’ here.


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Review by Kate Pearson

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